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October 2017

Second Annual Texas-Latin America Business Summit

The World Affairs Council of Austin will present the Texas-Latin America Business Summit on October 18th.  The Summit brings trade promotion experts and business decision-makers together for panels and meetings.  The event is a unique face-to-face opportunity for Austin corporate representatives to make connections and learn about current inbound and outbound business opportunities with Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and other nations. The Second Annual Summit will include a LATAM market overview by Gary Hoover, Founder of Hoover’s Online and first Entrepreneur-in-Residence…

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Infrastructure Opportunities in Emerging Markets: Utilizing Commerce, USTDA and MCC

Please join the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council of Austin for a special event highlighting several key federal government resources available to Austin-area businesses looking to do business in emerging markets. The event will feature presentations and a panel discussion with the following guests: Karen Parker – Director & International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service – Austin, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration which helps U.S. companies get started…

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Why What You Buy May Not Reflect Your Moral Values


The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. Looking at the world, it’s easy to see that people — in general — are ethical. They give to charity, help their neighbors, love their children. And if you ask them if they’re comfortable with sweatshops, child labor, or animal testing, it’s no surprise that most will say they are not. For…

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Hot Topic: China’s Increasing Role in the Middle East

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to have David Oualaalou (pronounced Walalou, known also as Dr. O) discuss China’s growing influence in the Middle East.  Dr. O is a global-affairs consultant, analyst, blogger, author, educator, and former international security analyst in Washington, DC. His 15 years of experience in support of the US government’s foreign policy initiatives have given him a valuable perspective. His duties included providing regional orientation, mediating cultural differences among the U.S. and its allies,…

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November 2017

Democratic Reform in Europe

The LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the Center for European Studies – the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Austin present a conference on Democratic Reform in Europe. This conference will bring to Austin the leading figures of the new movement for Democratic Reform in Europe, including the former finance minister of Greece and author of the global bestseller, Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis, the recent French presidential candidate, Benoit Hamon,…

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Business Briefing on New Zealand and Australia

Please join the Camino Real District Export Council, the U.S. Commercial Service–Austin, and the World Affairs Council of Austin for a special event highlighting business opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. The event will feature the following guest speaker: Duncan Archibald has over 10 years’ experience working with the U.S. Government’s pre-eminent trade and marketing agency under U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service.   Duncan is a professional and creative business development and relationship builder with comprehensive experience assisting…

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  • 8th November 2017 - Wednesday
  • St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium
  • 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX.
  • https://noRSVPsRequired

Perspectives on Cuba’s Future: Exploring Policy Options & Paths for the U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Relationship

Held in collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University, this session will feature leading specialists of the academic and business communities on various aspects of Cuban society, economy and foreign policy offering a diversity of perspectives on Cuba and the United States-Cuba bilateral relationship.  Our objectives for this evening event are to heighten student and public awareness of political and economic circumstances in contemporary Cuba, and to explore various policy options for achieving long-term desired end-states in the…

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Texas Venture Labs, How it Works, and How You Can Get Involved


The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. Ever think about starting a business? Ever think about helping a startup get off the ground? Texas Venture Labs has a number of programs to help both happen. Come hear about our innovative entrepreneurship programs, the process we follow, the kinds of companies getting started, and the results we are producing. Learn…

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December 2017

A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering about the Iran Nuclear Deal

Join the World Affairs Council of Austin for a luncheon featuring Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Since President Trump set the stage for eventual US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, how the Congress now deals with sanctions against Iran will define the nature and pace of US potential withdrawal. What’s next with the Iran deal? How might a US withdrawal impact relations with Europe and the Middle East? The program will be conducted in an…

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  • 7th December 2017 - Thursday
  • St. Edwards University, Carter Auditorium
  • 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX.

Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide

In collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University, we will offer a lecture by Dr. Fran Pilch, Professor Emeritus of the United States Air Force Academy.  Dr. Pilch’s lecture will incorporate insights from the course she developed for the Air Force Academy entitled “War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights,” and extensive research included in her book released on this topic in 2017. Dr. Pilch’s lecture will concentrate on the actual accounts of survivors of Pol Pot’s genocide which…

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